On digital platforms, you typically see performers, featuring artists, and remixers, while supporting roles may be hidden. Although contributor roles aren’t considered for top billing on a release or song, digital music providers have begun to support or require these roles for credits and proper attribution.
Producers, songwriters, drummers, mastering engineers, and other roles you would find in traditional liner notes are the types of roles supported in this feature. Very few partners currently support these roles (notably Spotify & Apple), but we encourage clients to fill out as much information as possible when creating releases.
More partners will utilize these rules and may require them in the future to properly submit a release on their platform. Adding these roles to your releases now may have benefits for how your release displays in the future.
Spotify supports showing Producer & Songwriter credits on their releases.
Apple requires specific roles to be provided when submitting content within certain genres:
Jazz - For any content with primary genre Jazz and secondary genre Jazz (the genre used for classic Jazz), each instrumental performer must be credited on each track using contributor roles. Include the instrumental roles of primary and featuring artists as well as any studio musicians. For example, Miles Davis would be credited as both the primary artist and the Trumpet contributor role.
Classical - For content submitted to Apple with primary genre Classical and secondary genre Classical (the genre used exclusively for western classical music), at least one composer contributor credited on each track.
Soundtrack - For any content submitted to Apple with the primary genre Soundtrack, at least one composer contributor must be credited on each track.
Technical Personnel and Other Contributor Roles
Non-performing Contributing roles, such as Producer, Recording Engineer, or Graphic Designer should not be credited as the Primary artist.
Where to use these roles
These roles are selected on the track level under the artist section when creating a release.
You can add as many roles as you need to properly attribute a song.